A sell-out crowd of 60,000-plus jammed the City Hall for the six-hour outdoor concert. Thousands more who couldn't afford the $3 and $10 tickets lined the streets surrounding the venue, and MTV was onhand to film the festivities. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Haitian refugees repatriated from neighboring Dominican Republic. "This is the chance for people to see that Haiti is a civilized country," said rapper/singer Wyclef Jean.
The trio's homecoming is the latest leg on their journey to stardom. The Score, the group's second album, has sold 14 million copies worldwide. And the group received two Grammys this year--one for best rap album and the other for best R&B duo or group performance for their re-make of "Killing Me Softly." The Fugees also headlined last year's mega-successful Smokin' Grooves tour. And if that wasn't enough, the group recently inked a $20 million contract for their own record label, the Refugee Camp, with Sony.
As soon as their plane touched down on Haitian soil last Wednesday, the group Fugees got the royal treatment. Two members, Wyclef and Pras, are Haitian-born, while third member, Lauryn Hill, was born in the United States to Haitian parents.
Thursday, the group was given the key to the city by folk singer and Mayor Manno Charlemagne. Throughout the week, crowds gathered at the national palace for a glimpse of the group, who waved from the balcony. Fugees music blasted from the airwaves, including the song "One Chance," sung in Creole.
"I was a poor boy, but look where I stand today," Pras said from the balcony. "I want every Haitian child to follow our example and know that they can be whatever they want to be."